Friday, July 11, 2014

New Group Hopes To Empower Victims of Street Harassment in Vancouver

Alexa Dredge
CBC reports:
There are many stories about being harassed in public. It might be while riding transit. It might be while walking on a street. Whatever the venue, one thing is constant — the interaction is unwanted. But Alexa Dredge is fighting back, helping to found local group Hollaback! Vancouver, which aims to create a community where street harassment isn't tolerated. "A lot of the stories that we've received through Hollaback! have been stories of public masturbation, exposure, yelling, cat-calling," said Dredge. The website also offers advice on how to safely respond to street harassment and how to intervene as a bystander if you witness street harassment. The group emphasizes they are fighting street harassment against everyone, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people. Dara Parker with Qmunity BC's Queer Resource Centre applauds the initiative. "Public spaces are some of the biggest targets for people in terms of their vulnerability so certainly on public transportation we hear stories about people being harassed," said Parker. Hollaback! Vancouver is holding an official launch party Saturday night at Heartwood Community Cafe, from 6:30 p.m. PT until 22:00 PT. Read More